WEST NEWBURY — Superintendent Justin Bartholomew is pleased to share that voters in Groveland, Merrimac and West Newbury overwhelmingly voted to pass the Pentucket Regional Middle-High School Building Project through a ballot vote yesterday.
Residents in all three towns voted in favor of the project at three separate town meetings on Monday, April 29 and through a ballot vote in each town’s general election on Monday, May 6.
“Thank you to the Pentucket towns for all of their involvement in the voting process,” Superintendent Bartholomew said. “This was a big victory for the future of the Pentucket community, and a historic day for the district. This project really seems to have brought the community together, and these next few years will be an exciting, busy time for us all.”
Superintendent Bartholomew added that the vote in many ways reflects the communities’ approval not just of the project but also the diligent work that went into planning, executing and communicating this project over the past five years.
“Community engagement and communication were two constants since the district began this long process around 2014,” he said. “The voting results and excellent voter turnout in all three towns show that residents not only supported this project, but that our community members were educated voters both at town meeting and at the polls.”
In the coming years, the district will build a three story, modern facility that will house middle school students in one wing of the building and high school students in another. The building will replace the current Pentucket Regional middle and high school buildings, which were respectively built in 1967 and 1956 and are approaching the end of their useful life spans.
In the next six to eight months, the project will be put out to bid to construction companies. The district aims to begin construction in Spring 2020, with the goal of opening the new building for the fall of 2022.
For more information, visit pentucketproject.com.